Some from peer reviewed journals (only abstract provided when link to full article not available open access) which are intended more for clinicians. Others are intended for anyone. Many of the WEBSITES I recommend have an article list.

Continence and quality-of-life outcomes 6 months following an intensive pelvic-floor muscle exercise program for female stress urinary incontinence: a randomized trial comparing low- and high frequency maintenance exercise. Borello-France DF, Downey PA, Zyczynski HM, Rause CR. PhysTher. 2008;88:1545–1553.

Cupping therapy: an analysis of the effects of suction on skin and the possible influence on human health. Lowe DT. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2017 Nov;29:162-168. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.09.008. Epub 2017 Sep 14. (CLINICIANS)

Dermatome and Fasciatome. Stecco C, Pirri C, Fede C, et al. Clinical Anatomy 32:896–902 (2019) (CLINICIANS)

Economic costs of urinary incontinence in 1995. Wagner TH, Hu TW.Urology 1998;51:355-61.

Fascial continuity of the pelvic floor with the abdominal and lumbar region. Ramin A, Macchi V, Porzionato A, De Caro R, Stecco C. Pelviperineology 2016; 35(1): 3-6

Fascial manipulation vs. standard physical therapy practice for low back pain diagnoses: A pragmatic study. Harper B, Steinbeck L, Aron A. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2019) Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 115-121. (CLINICIANS)

From clinical experience to a model for the human fascial system. Day JA, Copetti L, and Rucli G. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2012) Volume 16, pages 372-380. (CLINICIANS)

Lower urinary tract symptoms and pelvic floor muscle adherence after 15 years. Bø K, Kvarstein B, Nygaard I. Obstet Gynecol.  2005;105(5 Pt 1):999–1005.

Surgery for recurrent stress urinary incontinence:  the views of surgeons and women.  Tincello D, et al. Int Urogynecol J.  2018; 29 (1): 45-54. 

The fascial manipulation technique and its biomechanical model: a guide to the human fascial system. Stecco C, Day JA. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork (2010) 3(1): 38–40.

Treatment of chronic pelvic pain with Fascial Manipulation®. Pasini A, Sfriso MM, Stecco C. Pelviperineology 2016; 35(1): 13-16.


These are some I have found helpful in my journey of understanding healing. Not all deal directly with the body, but all health is not just about the body. Most of them are listed alphabetically by book title.

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives by Richard Swenson, MD. Written by a physician who advocates that we all need more space or margin in our lives if we are going to remain healthy and fulfilled. Contains 180 short reflections, good for adults from any faith perspective. You can read more about this book in my blog post here.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, MD. An incredibly thought provoking book about our need for approaching aging, disease, and death with more than a medical model. Written by a surgeon who has seen many people trade quality of time in futile pursuit of quantity.

Bible – an all-time classic. My favorites are the New International Version (NIV) study version and The Message by Eugene Peterson, which paraphrases the bible into everyday terms.

Bridging the Gap: From Rehab to Performance by Sue Falsone, PT. Sue is a remarkable clinician, teacher, entrepreneur, and now author. She has a wealth of experience in rehabilitating professional athletes with applications to the general population. (CLINICIANS)

Fascial Manipulation® – Stecco® method: The practitioner’s perspective edited by Julie Ann Day. A compilation of case reports from clinicians all over the world treating a variety of diagnoses with the FM method. Yours truly contributed chapter 12 on addressing urinary incontinence in a post-partum runner. (CLINICIANS)

Myofascial Trigger Points: Pathophysiology And Evidence-Informed Diagnosis And Management by Jan Dommerholt & Peter Huijbregts. Emphasis is on the etiology of trigger points with a critical overview of current concepts by some of the most respected myofascial pain research and practice experts. You can also read more about dry needling on our Appalachian PT website, and also access our dry needling brochure here.

Stecco, Luigi, Carla, and Antonio have so many excellent books to their credit that instead of listing each one separately I am grouping them here. Some of my favorites: Acupuncture Western Medicine Fascial Manipulation, Atlas of Physiology of the Muscular Fascia, Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunction, Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions Practical Part, and Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System. (CLINICIANS)

The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy by Shannon Gilmartin, CMT. My first and only book on cupping, so I honestly can’t compare it to others. But she has done a nice job of laying out the foundation and specific techniques for cupping in a way that makes it approachable for clinicians and, in my opinion, non-clinicians although an experienced clinician may have more to offer. You can read more about cupping in my post here.

The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived by Admiral William H. McRaven. Easy to read, hard to digest. Should be read and pondered by everyone.

The How and Wow of the Human Body by Mindy Thomas & Guy Raz. A beautifully illustrated book intended to familiarize children with their bodies in a fun way.

The Upper Room, a daily devotional that’s been a staple for me and my husband, Bill, for years. Short (< 3 min) readings from people all over the world relating snippets of their joys and struggles, and how God has walked with them. You can read for free or order a subscription.


Our website at Appalachian Physical Therapy has a growing selection of brochures on a plethora of topics, intended for patients and clinicians. We create our own as opposed to purchasing ready-made brochures in an effort to provide high quality content – beyond what Dr. Google has to offer. We are always adding to the selection.

Activities of Daily/Nightly Living : I use this brochure a lot to help people identify everyday (and night) activities that they may be doing that exacerbate their problem(s).

Back Pain & Sciatica

Balance & Fall Prevention

Dizziness & Vertigo

Dry Needling

Dysmenorrhea (a painful and dysfunctional menstrual cycle) which often persists for years. Heavy bleeding, severe cramping, nausea, back pain, headaches, and other symptoms can be so intense that even pain medication and birth control measures hardly take the edge off symptoms. Much can be done to help this, it is NOT something that has to be endured!

Fascia Provides a very basic, short explanation of fascia, what can go wrong, and how it can be helped.

Foot Wear The most important piece of clothing on your body. Learn how to identify what’s good and what’s not. Link to come soon!

Hypermobility There is such a thing as too much flexibility, which predisposes people to a host of issues.

Imaging in Healthcare Our response to the perpetual misconceptions people voice concerning imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT)

LSVT Big® & Parkinson’s Disease At the moment we do not have an LSVT certified clinician, but still wanted to keep this brochure available to educate people.

Musculoskeletal Sports Physical

Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

Running Injuries

Wellness & Prevention Evaluation

Women’s Health – My plan is to update this brochure, but it’ll do for the time being (link yet to come). The Dysmenorrhea brochure gives a nice explanation of how the fascia can affect the internal organs of a woman, and the construct is similar for many other women’s issues.